Photographs & Interview by Michael Torosian
Historical Commentary by Dennis Reid
Toronto Suite is an unprecedented collection of portraits accompanied by a chronicle that celebrates the thirty-four year history of The Isaacs Gallery and brings into focus a critical period of contemporary Canadian art.
The book presents twenty-four photographic portraits, by Michael Torosian, of artists who helped to define the Toronto art scene and have achieved national and international recognition. The text, co-authored by Torosian and Dennis Reid, combines Av Isaacs' observations and reflections with an historical narrative that explores the gallery's development and influence.
Dennis Reid is curator of Canadian Historical Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Professor of Art, History of Art Department, University of Toronto, and the author of numerous articles and books, notably, A Concise History of Canadian Painting and Our Own Country Canada.
Michael Torosian has exhibited his photographs widely and is represented in a number of public collections including: The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography; Photography Collection, New York Public Library; Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston; National Archives of Canada; and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Composed in Linotype Electra with Metro for display and printed on mould-made Frankfurt paper. The portraits of the artists have been reproduced in duotone on Warren's Lustro Dull paper. Each book also contains an original gelatin-silver print of Av Isaacs, printed by the photographer and tipped in as a frontispiece. Quarter bound in linen and Canson "steel grey" paper over boards utilizing The Isaacs Gallery insignia as the binding pattern. Eighty-four pages, 6 x 9 inches. Edition 150. May 1989. Signed by the authors and Mr Isaacs.
Alcuin Society Citation, Limited Edition Book Design.
Out of Print